Originally Posted by Jason36
I am looking to buy a pair of HifiMan Headphones and not sure whether to go for the HE-300 or the HE400?
Does anybody have experience of these and can anybody provide any information with regards to sound signatures or advice on which they would recommend?
My musical tastes are eclectic and varied and cover pretty much everything other than Classical or Opera, but predominantly I listen to a lot of female vocalists and accoustic type stuff, as well as rock and indie type music. These will be used predominantly with mu modded iPod and ALO The National portable amp.
The latest revision of the HE300 is a great headphone, stands up with the other mid-tier headphones, but for a great price (they cut it again too, it can be found for nearly $200 US here and there). Great overall balance, warm headphone, a touch of sparkle because all of hifiman has a touch of sparkle at the very least. If you're on a budget, start with this one.
The HE-400 is superior to me, but preferences rein here. Someone might prefer the HE300 to the HE400. That's entirely possible and exists. The HE400 has better control of low frequencies if given a good power source to drive. The mids are a touch more natural to me. It's a faster headphone to my ears, again, on a decent power source. Overall a tighter, faster, higher resolution listen. Give it a good source and some power and it will do serious work. But it's twice the price. Worth it? To me yes. But again, budget and preference are key here.